Rice Leftovers

Many comfort food recipes call for leftover rice. Here are the recipes for fried rice, rice casseroles, breakfast rice, stuffed peppers, and rice pudding you'll want.

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Cajun Style Red Bean and Rice Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 90
This is a very hearty, spicy soup. Makes for a filling first-course serving.

Brown Rice Breakfast Porridge

Rating: 4.5 stars 110
Use up that leftover brown rice and try something new for breakfast. Experiment with it to make it your own, you can try using any mixture of dried fruit instead of the blueberries.

Stuffed Pepper Soup I

Rating: 4.5 stars 367
This soup has the same ingredients that you use to stuff green peppers but the peppers are not actually stuffed.

Glo's Sausage Fried Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 164
This is an easy-to-prepare fried rice dished passed down by my Japanese mother. You won't find anything like it in the restaurants. Every time we have a family get-together or a covered dish luncheon at work, I am always requested to bring this rice.

Old Fashioned Creamy Rice Pudding

Rating: 4.5 stars 633
Cooked rice is combined with milk, sugar, and an egg and flavored with butter and vanilla in this quick stovetop rice pudding.

Torta di Riso

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
I made this delicious and rustic torta di riso with fresh spinach and leeks, but the recipe is a perfect catch-all for those abundant summer vegetables. Things like eggplant, peppers, beans, and squash all work beautifully. Just cut them kind of small, cook them tender, and let the rice, cheese, and eggs do the rest.

Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Rating: 5 stars 97
Delicious and easy! Poblanos seemed like a logical choice for kicking stuffed peppers up a notch. We were amazed by how well these turned out. Give them a try! Recipe could easily be doubled or tripled as needed.

Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas

Rating: 4.5 stars 156
These vegetarian black bean and rice enchiladas are just as satisfying as those served in restaurants.

Easy Fried Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 1571
This easy fried rice recipe is perfect to serve alongside any entrée.
By jostrander

Pulled Pork Casserole

Rating: 2 stars 1
Leftover pulled pork is perfect to use in this casserole.

Quick Pork Fried Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 167
A few leftovers and bits from the fridge turn into a great dinner in less than 45 minutes! If I have a leftover grilled pork chop or the tail of a roast, I freeze it until I have enough for this dish. You can also use chicken and substitute some of the veggies for bits you are cleaning up from the fridge. Serve with sweet Thai chili sauce on the side.

Salsa Chicken Rice Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 1679
Layers of rice, chicken breast, a creamy soup and salsa mixture and two kinds of cheese add up to a simply yummy salsa casserole! This recipe is a family favorite because it's delicious and easily made with ingredients found in the pantry.
By Gweneth

Inspiration and Ideas

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Baked "Fried" Rice
Rating: 4.5 stars 39

If you don't have cold leftover rice around, this easy oven method will produce something very similar to the classic fried rice, with the perfect texture every time. Just like rice pilaf, the grains of rice get coated in fat before absorbing the cooking liquid, ensuring plump, tender, separate grains with no sticky clumps. Just adjust cooking time if using a different kind of rice or pan size. Garnish with green onions and serve with a runny poached egg on top if desired.